The one-year contract extension that Ryan Giggs agreed in March ensured he’ll still be doing the business at the highest level into his forties.
The Welshman’s remarkable longevity was praised this week by Teddy Sheringham, who became the oldest outfield player in Barclays Premier League history in 2006, when he turned out for West Ham aged 40 years, 139 days.
That got us thinking about the most senior players to have appeared for Manchester United, so we’ve put together an oldest Reds XI from the Premier League era. It’s a strong side that features both Giggs and Sheringham, who was 35 when he left Old Trafford in 2001.
Edwin van der Sar is the 4-4-2 team’s goalkeeper and the back four comprises Gary Neville, Laurent Blanc, Steve Bruce and Denis Irwin.
Paul Scholes and Bryan Robson join Giggs in a formidable midfield, while there’s a place on the right wing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who occasionally played out wide in the latter stages of his Reds career.
Sheringham is partnered up front by Henrik Larsson, who was 35 when he joined United on a three-month loan in 2007.
Our oldest XI teamsheet details the exact age of each player in their final (or, in Giggs' case, most recent) Reds appearance, as well as their combined age: 405 years, 290 days.